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Key takeaways from PM Modi’s Banka rally in Bihar

To say that the electoral battle in Bihar is on the cusp of caste and development is to state the obvious.

Written by Santosh Singh | Banka (bihar) | Published: October 3, 2015 12:04 pm
bihar elections, bihar polls, narendra modi, narendra modi banka, narendra modi bihar, lalu prasad, nitish kumar, bihar election news, narendra modi news Banka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks to LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan during an election rally in Banka on Friday. PTI Photo

So everyone was waiting for PM Narendra Modi’s Banka rally curious to know if he would say anything on Mohan Bhagwat’s comment on reservation and, more importantly if would react to Lalu Prasad’s overt attempt to play this election on rigid caste lines.

One could be disappointed with PM Modi for not making a great speech at Banka but this is what BJP think tank had intended – it had wanted to deflate the reservation and caste debate and bring it back to development. The Grand Alliance had attempted to make Lalu Prasad the main opponent of Modi but Modi wanted Nitish Kumar as his prime rival — and to engage in a debate on development with his dole-outs, facts and figures. The BJP might well be good at micro management on caste lines — it is lining up its star campaigners to address their constituencies on caste lines but it wants development topping the agenda.

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Here are the takeaways from the Banka rally – PM Modi smartly shunned the ‘reservation’ trap laid by Lalu. He leaves that for the state leadership and Amit Shah to play down. He chooses to target Nitish instead on ‘vikas.’ The PM intended to make all the ‘right’ noises on development with reminders of his special package. He also sought to rebuff Nitish on BJP trying to make it a “class” battle between the rich and the poor. The PM not only listed schemes for the poor but also asked his opponents why they could not think of pro-poor schemes like the Mudra loans and Beti Bachao and Beti Padhao schemes. The BJP has given a large number of tickets to upper caste candidates so it has to stress its pro poor agenda.

The BJP state unit has been following Modi’s development theme with several attractive schemes like a Scooty for girls and laptops for poor and talented students. It is BJP’s answer to Nitish Kumar’s seven-point resolution that promises student a credit card scheme and allowances to search for jobs.

Now, one waits to see what will be Lalu Prasad’s and Nitish’s next moves. To say that the electoral battle in Bihar is on the cusp of caste and development is to state the obvious.

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    george
    Oct 3, 2015 at 4:29 pm
    People in Bihar has a great responsibility today. Do you want to import the hate politics of Bunch of Gujjus? Do you really want to import an ideology that make you kill your neighbour simply because he has a different eating habit?
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      countk99
      Oct 3, 2015 at 6:39 pm
      Same as congress policy, frightened the people and gain votes.
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        Peter
        Oct 3, 2015 at 5:03 pm
        Lalu is very intelligent. He is the only Railway Minister in the history of independent India who could operate it in profit.
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          Peter
          Oct 3, 2015 at 5:00 pm
          There are several factors the media has avoided. Some of them are as follows, 1.people of Bihar are disappointed that the promise of Modiji of putting Rs 15 lakh of black money parked in foreign banks in every citizen’s account within 100 days of becoming PM of India has not been fulfilled. They now understand BJP/RSS is cheating them and have made up their minds not to vote for Modiji's BJP & its allies. 2.BJP is a puppet of the RSS. Its leaders such as Sushmaji, Vasundaraji and Vyapam Chouhanji are corrupt. Modiji encourages them to be corrupt by not sacking them. 3. BJP could not find 160 good candidates for Bihar elections. 4.If BJP becomes ruling party then eating Beef will be banned. 5. If BJP becomes ruling party then frequent communal violence would be there 6. If BJP becomes ruling party then Internet bans would be there frequently.
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            BharatK
            Oct 3, 2015 at 9:42 pm
            Anti-Hindu and anti-national sikular media twisted Shri Mohan Bhagavat's words to create social disharmony in the society. These sikular medias are dangerous elements in India. Even a small word and incident, they convert to big issues only to oppose BJP and N Modi. Beware citizens, India shall remain backward and poor if we do not defeat these sikulars.
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